Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma has been fined for their slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 clash against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Wednesday (April 13).
Notably, it was MI’s second violation of the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum overrate violations this season.
According to an IPL media release, MI skipper Rohit was fined Rs 24 lakhs, while the rest of the playing eleven were fined Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their match fees, whichever is lesser.
“The Mumbai Indians have been fined after they maintained a slow over rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 match against Punjab Kings at the MCA Stadium, Pune on April 13.This was the team’s second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences,” the statement said.
“Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was fined Rs 24 lakhs and the rest of the members in the playing eleven were fined Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their match fee, whichever is lower,” it added.
Notably, PBKS defeated MI by 12 runs in the match. Chasing a 199-run target, MI were restricted to 186/9 in the allotted 20 overs, Odean Smith was the pick of the bowlers for PBKS with figures of 4/30 while Dewald Brevis was the top-scorr for MI with a counter-attacking of 49 off 25 deliveries.
Brevis knock was laced with five hits into the stands and four boundaries.
It was MI’s fifth consecutive defeat in the ongoing season and the five team IPL champions are yet to regsiter a win in the 2022 season. On the other hand, PBKS has now won three games in a row.
Speaking after the match, the MI skipper reckoned that his side played well and had come close to win their first game this season.
“It’s hardly anything to find out (any negatives), thought we played well, came pretty close to closing the game, a couple of run-outs didn’t help our cause. At one time, we were cruising along, but didn’t hold our nerves, credit to PBKS for bowling well in the second half. We’re trying to play with a different thought process, but it’s not working out well,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.
“But I don’t want to take the credit out of the guys who played well and Punjab did so today. We aren’t playing good cricket, we need to understand some situations and execute according to it. They got off to a flier, put our bowlers was under pressure, but the pitch was good to bat on and I thought 198 was chaseable. As I said earlier, we need to go back to the drawing room and come back better prepared,” he added.
After the defeat, MI is placed at the bottom of the points chart in the 2022 IPL while PBKS has climbed to the third spot. The first two spots are occupied by Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) respectively.